Ben Smith is a two time Emmy award winning weekday meteorologist on WHNT News 19 This Morning. He brings 17 years of television experience to the table.

Ben is a certified broadcast meteorologist originally from Fredericksburg, Virginia. He says he’s always been interested in weather from grade school, tracking snowstorms up the east coast and doing weather on the morning announcements in high school. After graduating high school, he attended East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina where in 1996 he received a bachelor’s degree in Communications and a minor in Geography.

Ben landed his first on-air job right out of college at WNCT-TV in Greenville, NC where he did weather for five years. While working at WNCT, he went back to school and received a certificate in broadcast meteorology from Mississippi State University. Ben has also worked in Chattanooga and Birmingham, where he worked at WIAT-42 from 2001-2003. Ben was the Chief Meteorologist at WSAV in Savannah, Georgia for four years. From there, he worked for WFTV in Orlando, Florida.

Ben has been involved in the direct landfalls of several hurricanes including Bertha, Bonnie, Dennis, Fran and Floyd in 1999. Along with the WNCT staff, he was honored to be awarded the prestigious National Edward R. Murrow Award for continuous coverage of Hurricane Floyd.

Ben holds seals from the American Meteorological Society and the National Weather Association and also has the Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) seal of approval as well. He also serves on the National Weather Association seal evaluation committee.

In his spare time, Ben watches sports (the N.Y. Jets & Virginia Cavaliers). He also enjoys working out, going to church, and the beach.


Recent Articles
  • Mild weather returns this week

    We got a taste of true arctic air this weekend! Temperatures in Huntsville Sunday morning dropped to 12 degrees, the coldest Huntsville has seen since February 19th of 2015 (the low that morning fell to 11). Fortunately, we can say goodbye to the cold for the week ahead. A deep upper level trough crossed over the Valley Saturday, which allowed the bitter cold air to seep southward through Alabama. That trough will weaken and move northeast over the coming days as […]

  • Wintry weather possible this weekend (Wednesday Update)

    There is a possibility of wintry weather this weekend across the Tennessee Valley. It is important to note that it’s only Wednesday and we are talking about Friday into Saturday. There is a lot that can change and keep checking back for further updates as we get closer to the weekend. On Monday, one model output showed several inches of snow, while others didn’t show much of anything. Since then models have been flipping back and forth with each run. […]

  • Students want Arab Elementary’s Mrs. Pate for every grade level

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. — Is there a teacher you wish you could have for every grade level? Cynthia Pate is one of them. Mrs. Pate has been molding young minds at Arab Elementary School for more than two decades. Principal Tonya Cupp says Mrs. Pate’s success is due to her ability to connect with her students. “It’s about getting to know her students and about them as learners and them as an individuals.” says Tonya Cupp. Gavin Young, a student, […]

  • Fyffe High School’s Regina Parris puts in overtime each and every week!

    DEKALB COUNTY, Ala. –  This week’s Tools For Teachers winner comes from Fyffe High School. Regina Parris teaches math, but that’s not all. Principal Ricky Bryant says, “She sponsors two main programs here. The Beta club which is really successful had some very good success at the state competition. In addition to that she is our Robotic sponsor as well.” He also says she doesn’t punch a clock. “She has been a 24/7 day a week teacher. Her day very […]

  • Athens teacher’s passion helps set her students up for success

    ATHENS, Ala. – Ask anyone to Cowart Elementary School in Athens and they will tell you Hannah Cain has the ABC’s of teaching down to a science. Cowart Elementary School Principal Kim Moore is honored to have Miss Cain on staff. “You have to be a special person to teach kindergarten because you don’t sit down,” said Moore.  “You are up, you are active all day and she is very much passionate, she is very innovative to try anything. She was one […]

  • Gary Russell makes sweet music at Clements High School

    LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. – Gary Russell is the band director at Clements High School in Limestone County.  He also teaches music. Principal Keith Hairrell says when it comes to his students, Russell hits all the right notes. “Two words define Gary; dedicated and caring. Dedicated to his craft and his profession and his compassionate love and caring for his kids,” said Hairrell. Those attributes have already scored Russell some well-deserved recognition. “We just announced that Gary Russell was the teacher […]

  • BLOG: Severe weather moves through Tennessee Valley Nov. 29-30

    A line of intense storms moved across the Tennessee Valley late November 29 and into the early morning hours of November 30. The storms brought heavy rain, strong winds, lightning and tornadoes. Below is an archive of our blog we updated through the system.   Resources when you’re away from your TV: How to program a NOAA Weather Radio WHNT.com’s Maps & Radar Page Live Alert 19 and the WHNT News 19 App Baron Saf-T-Net (phone/text)

  • Hollywood Elementary teacher makes every child feel important, and principal can attest to that

    JACKSON COUNTY, Ala. –  So many teachers across the Tennessee Valley do an amazing job.  One teacher in Jackson County has not only had an impact on parents and students, but the school’s principal as well. Carla Dulaney teaches third grade math at Hollywood Elementary in Jackson County. “She goes above and beyond. She is great with the kids. She focuses on every one of them. She makes every one of them feel important. She makes all of them feel […]

  • It’s starting off cold this morning! Expect temperature swings today & tomorrow

    Bundle up before you head out the door today! And if you’ve got the week off from work or school, pull on an extra blanket and enjoy the chance to sleep in. We started off the morning below freezing. In some areas it’s in the low 20s! A broad area of high pressure sprawling over the southern part of the U.S. is keeps the Tennessee Valley sunny and dry today. We’ll see highs around 60 with lows Tuesday morning in […]

  • Parents are honored to leave their kids with Jan Faulkner at Geraldine Elementary School

    DEKALB COUNTY — From the moment we walked into Jan Faulkner’s kindergarten class, we knew we were in for a special treat. She teaches at Geraldine Elementary School in DeKalb County. Principal Cody Rowell is honored to have Mrs. Faulkner on staff. “It takes a very special person to teach kindergarten and she is the epitome of a kindergarten teacher,” Rowell said. He said Mrs. Faulkner works hard to make sure her kids stay focused. “She makes things interesting, she does […]

  • Jerry Foster continues to make an impact even after retirement

    Jerry Foster is this week’s Tools For Teachers winner! Mr. Foster has dedicated more than 30 years of his life to teaching. He just retired, but still helps out around Florence High School. Principal Lynne Hice is happy to still have him around. “Mr. Foster is an incredible person and incredible educator.” She credits Mr. Foster for helping take the school’s fine arts program to the next level. “Our fine arts academy is where it is today because of the dedication and the […]

  • Colbert Heights teacher makes learning fun and strives to impact kids’ lives

    TUSCUMBIA, Ala. – When Kayla Woodruff enters her classroom, she hopes to make an impact every day. “I’ve always wanted to be a teacher even when I was very little,” said Woodruff. “I just want to make a difference in the world and this is one of the best jobs to be able to do that.” Mrs. Woodruff teaches first grade at Colbert Heights Elementary School in Tuscumbia. Principal Alvie Shaw credits Mrs. Woodruff’s fondness for her students as a key […]